– Rep. Craig Frank, Utah Lawmaker, PHC Founding Member, former Chair of the Utah House Government Operations Standing Committee (w/elections oversight), and member of the (Utah) Governor’s Commission on Strengthening Utah’s Democracy.
As of September 2011, thirty states have voter ID laws where picture or non-picture identification is required to cast a ballot. The requirement to provide ID before casting a ballot is a logical part of any redundant system for individual voter verification and positive recognition. Positively verifying voters protects elections officials from charges of fraud and mishandling of elections materials.
STATES ACCUSED OF ILLEGAL ELECTION ACTIVITY
The U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ), recently called Florida out for engaging in “illegal” election activity. Florida officials responded by saying that periodically purging voter rolls is an ongoing project, and is necessary to stay in compliance with federal and state law. It’s clearly an individual state mandate to provide valid, uncontaminated voter rolls. Noticeably, the federal government has concerns about the states’ oversight of election process so close to an enormously momentous election.
From CNN’s online political reporters…
Florida’s proposed elimination of non-U.S. citizens from its voter rolls is necessary to preventing voter fraud, a spokesman for the state’s Division of Elections said Friday after the U.S. Department of Justice called into question the legality of the action.
“The Department of State has a duty under both state and federal laws to ensure that Florida’s voter registration rolls are current and accurate. Therefore, identifying ineligible voters is something we are always doing,” (Chris) Cate (of the Florida Divison of Elections) wrote. [CNN, Political Unit, June 1, 2012]
U.S. Attorney General, Eric Holder, has ordered Florida to stop purging voter records. According to recent reports, Florida may have as many as “182,000 registered voters who may not be U.S. citizens.”
ATTACKS TO THE FLANKS
Large corporate sponsors of major political based organizations are starting to buckle to national political pressures coming from groups like Van Jones’ Color of Change, as C of C and other organized groups plan a concerted attack on states’ rights organizations like the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC). ALEC is a consortium of state lawmakers and private sector representatives focused on states’ rights and economic issues. Groups like C of C focus their efforts around central government expansion and federalism. Their agendas include attacking states’ autonomy on a number of different levels. Nefarious campaigns such as these used to be carried out in dark smoke-filled rooms…no longer do they waste time to concealing their tactics and connections.
As states’ rights organizations grow stronger, there will be more and more pushback from individuals and factions focusing on federal encroachment into state activities.
WHAT WE ARE DOING…
The Patrick Henry Caucus is passionate about the elections process—local, state, and federal. Voter participation is crucial to the successful outcome of good, wise, and honest elected officials. We encourage ALL eligible citizens of the United States to vote. States should be the ultimate “caretakers” of election rolls and voter systems in each of their jurisdictions.
The PHC has spent years working vigorously on voter verification legislation and proposals. Many of those initial proposals have become state law. The PHC suggests using model legislation available in numerous states as templates for successful options in your state.
WHAT WE NEED YOU TO DO…
Voter ID laws protect citizens against voter fraud. Become familiar with voter protection mechanisms (and laws) by contacting your associated state political party. Find out if your state has voter ID requirements. You probably already know from the last time you went to the polls (except OR and WA that are VBM). If you weren’t required to provide personal ID “at the door,” your ID laws are non-existent or minimal. Found out why. If you had to provide ID before receiving a ballot then your state is one of approximately thirty states with stronger ID laws. Either way, you should be asking yourself “why” your state does it the way it does. Next, contact your state lawmakers and find out what your state can do to strengthen voter verification laws.
Verification of individual voters helps minimize voter fraud.
The Patrick Henry Caucus, and its leadership, wants every eligible citizen to participate at the ballot box. Exercise your franchise—vote!